Cairde Scoil Mhuire is a group established in 2017.

Past pupils, current and former staff, current and former parents are members.

The three  main aims of this group are:

1. To maintain a record of  the history of the school school from 1867 to present and to disseminate this information to the wider community.

2. To support the work of the school through the sharing of advice and expertise. 

3. To provide learning resources and to help develop the facilities and buildings on St. Mary’s Hill. 

For further information please email 


150 year Celebrations - June 2017 

Monaghan CBS - St. Mary’s BNS

A successful DINNER DANCE + BOOK LAUNCH was held on  FRIDAY JUNE 9th, 2017 at the Hillgrove Hotel Monaghan. 



To watch our video - click the link to the right



 Scoil Mhuire  150yr Celebration


Comóradh 150 - Scoil Mhuire - 150 Celebration

Scoil Mhuire was founded on July 1st 1867 and will celebrate the 150th anniversary of its foundation in July 2017.


Monday 5th June - Saturday 10th June 2017

The Christian Brothers Congregation established the school at Lakeview in July 1867 on the invitation of Most Reverend Bishop James Donnelly.

We have a number of events planned for this anniversary during the week June 5th – June 10th.


Monday June 5th - Friday June 8th - School-based events for current pupils.



A school Mass will be celebrated in St. Macartan’s Cathedral on Friday June 9th


A reunion/ social occasion for past pupils / staff of both primary and secondary schools will be held in the Hillgrove Hotel on the night of Friday June 9th 2017.


On Saturday 10th June, there will be an exhibition of photos/memorabilia etc. in the old primary school building and tours of this building and the old secondary school building will be organised.

BOOK - 1867-2017 - Comóradh 150

We will also be publishing a book, which will contain newly sourced articles and will draw on information previously published in Centenary (1967) and Monaghan Memories (1984). 

The new book will feature a number of profiles of past pupils and families.


Past pupils, staff and friends (of both primary and secondary schools) are welcome to join us by:

  • contributing articles for our new book (closing date for submission mid March, 2017)
  • contributing photos/ artefacts for book / exhibition.
  • participating in events
  • organising a table for the Reunion Dinner Dance on Friday June 8th

Please contact the School Office at (047) 82361 /


Report on First Meeting - Comóradh 150 Committee

The first meeting to plan for the celebration of the foundation of Scoil Mhuire - Comóradh 150 - was held on Wednesday June 17th, 2015 in St. Mary's.

There was a good discussion on the night about possible events for 2017.

All present were treated to a short film created by past pupil Gerald Kearns which charted the story of Scoil Mhuire from 1867 to the present day.

The script of the film (amended) reads as follows:

'It began in 1867, the first site for the school was St. Enda's on the Broad Road (Lakeview). The first classes totalling 146 boys, and three teachers, Thomas Matthew Reddington, James Carley and the first Principal John Francis Clarke.

These men were the pioneering three in a foundation of education that would leave the people of Monaghan forever grateful.

St. Mary's Boys' National School has lived up to those pioneering days. St. Mary's didn't just grow, it flourished, with an approach to education that put the boys' needs above all else.

And through it all, boys of Monaghan continue to inspire us with their spirit, amaze us with their achievements and humble us with their dreams. It is because of those thousands of boys that St. Mary's Boys' National School has remained strong and faithful for generations'









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